Re: Max clarifies the FAQ

Damien Broderick (
Mon, 22 Feb 1999 18:50:50 +0000

At 06:41 PM 2/22/99 +1100, Tim wrote:

>If these would-be
>extropian-transhumanists favour government subsidies for university
>professors like myself, they are really either:
>1. Making the redundant claim that they themselves favour spending their
>own money on research.
>or else
>2. Making the non redundant but also non-extropian claim that they favour
>spending other people's money on research.
>Position 2 is not compatible with self-direction.

I'm lost. I'd have thought it obvious that the only moral response compatible with Tim's declared position would be for him to resign immediately from his state-funded professorship. It is just such issues (among others) that prevent me from adopting a gung-ho libertarian posture.

Damien Broderick